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School-to-Farm Breakfast held by the Farm Bureau

BARNSTEAD — The Belknap County Farm Bureau is holding their inaugural School-to-Farm Breakfast on Saturday, April 25 from 8-11 a.m. at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station at 305 Parade Road in Barnstead.

The cost for the breakfast is by donation. For more information, contact Tom Locke, President of the Belknap County Farm Bureau at (603) 387-7539.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:59

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The perfect storm rolls in to gilford with brad paisley august 9th

GILFORD — Will you be prepared for the Perfect Storm of Brad Paisley's Crushin' It World Tour as he rolls into Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook August 9th? Tickets range from $39.75 to $89.75 and go on sale Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. Call the Box Office at 603-293-4700 or log on to www.BankNHpavilion.com for tickets.

Having written or co-written 20 of his #1 singles, and scoring his 23rd #1 hit with Perfect Storm, Brad Paisley brings his Crushin' It World Tour to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.  A true entertainer, with several awards, including 3 Grammy's, under his belt, Paisley returns to the 'Brook for a night of rocking country magic.

Doing it his way...and blazing a trail inherent to his hometown of Poyen, Arkansas, ACM New Artist of the Year, Justin Moore joins Paisley on August 9th. With hits that bring the swagger and hard-hitting guitars, Moore knows who he is and what matters.

Rounding out this awesome country triple bill is Texas native, Mickey Guyton, who was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and her powerful debut single Better Thank You Left Me topped USA Today's song of the week. Mickey's emotional and powerful live performance at her Opry debut had the audience on their feet.


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:56

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Bank NH’s Prestige Plus program celebrates 25 years

LACONIA — Bank of New Hampshire recently thanked their Prestige Plus members for their loyalty and support throughout the years by hosting a 25-Year Anniversary party in their honor at Church Landing in Meredith.

Following the celebratory luncheon, the bank surprised Prestige Plus members with a "Mystery Speaker," Ernest Thompson. Thompson has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild Award and a Broadway Drama Guild Award for Best Play. His work has been nominated for a Tony, an Emmy and a British Academy Award. More than 35 of his plays have been seen in theatres around the world. The most enduring play, On Golden Pond was made into a movie and filmed in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Prestige Plus members were fascinated as he spoke about the history of his professional life.

Many prizes were won throughout the afternoon, with Mark Primeau, Bank of New Hampshire President and CEO, presenting Walter Premo, Jr. of Claremont with the grand prize, a $1,000 Prestige Plus travel voucher.

The bank's highly successful Prestige Plus program began in 1989. Retired bank president Carroll Stafford, who initiated the program, stated "Bank of New Hampshire wanted to offer an innovative package to include financial benefits and travel-related services to their customers. This type of program was relatively new to the banking industry, and Bank of New Hampshire was one of the first banks in NH to offer this kind of program."

Primeau added, "We are very proud of the success of Prestige Plus under Valerie Drouin's leadership. For the past twenty-five years she has built a large and loyal following that has rewarded hundreds of members with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime."

Valerie Drouin, Senior Vice President has managed the Prestige Plus Program since its inception, and has watched it grow to over 5,000 members. She states, "Fifty percent of our members have taken advantage of the travel benefits. In the past 25 years, we have offered 240 day trips around New England and 50 overnight extended trips throughout the U.S. and world."

The Prestige Plus program has received national and statewide recognition throughout the past 25 years. Mrs. Drouin and the Prestige Plus program were featured in Bank Travel Magazine, a national magazine designed as a learning tool for Bank Travel Managers from around the country. Additionally, Mrs. Drouin also received statewide recognition when past Governor Lynch presented her with the 2008 New Hampshire Travel Council Special Recognition award.

Bank of New Hampshire encourages anyone who may be interested in joining the Prestige Plus Program to visit any of their 21 offices throughout New Hampshire or to call 1-800-832-0912.

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Meredith Village Savings Bank signs on as presenting sponsor for WOW Sweepstakes Ball

LACONIA — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce that they have signed on as Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 WOW Sweepstakes Ball, which will be held at the Lake Opechee Inn & Conference Center on Saturday, May 16. This will be MVSB's sixth consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor for this event.

"The WOW Trail has been such a wonderful recreation resource for the Lakes Region community and we are very proud to support expansion of the trail through our sponsorship of this fundraiser" said Stacy Trites, Branch Services Supervisor at MVSB's Laconia Office.

"MVSB is a true community bank," added WOW Trail Executive Director Gretchen Gandini. "Through their ongoing commitment to the WOW Trail and other vital community resources, they have shown us time and again that the health and economic vitality of this community is important to them. We're thrilled to partner with MVSB for the WOW Sweepstakes Ball again this year."

The WOW Sweepstakes Ball is a key annual fundraiser for the WOW Trail and has helped raise more than $300,000 for construction and maintenance of the WOW Trail since it began in 2004. This year's WOW Ball attendees will enjoy dinner, live music performed by Holycow!, and the chance to win one of ten cash prizes, including a $10,000 Grand Prize.

Each $100 ticket includes admission for two and one sweepstakes entry. Tickets went on sale on April 6 and are available for purchase at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, or online at www.meadowbrook.net. Ticketholders do not need to be present to win.

For more information, contact WOW Trail at 520-8952, visit www.wowtrail.org or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The WOW Trail is a multi-use recreational rail trail built alongside the active railroad line through the City of Laconia. Currently 1.3 miles in length, the Trail spans from behind Lake Opechee Inn & Spa in Lakeport to North Main Street near downtown. Plans are underway to expand the Trail to the Belmont town line in 2015.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 07:49

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